Aberdeen Police Say Fatality Fire Appears Accidental

Aberdeen Police and Fire agencies investigated a house fire on Oak Street that claimed the life of one person yesterday. Lt. Kevin Darst said that they were still in the early stages of investigating and were unable to release a name, or many details Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported just after 2 pm, in the 900 block of Oak street near Grays Harbor Community Hospital. The response blocked the main route to the hospital and prompted the emergency use of Basich Boulevard to get in and out of the area until crews cleared the scene.

Darst said this morning that the Aberdeen Fire Department is still completing their investigation, but it appears to be an accidental fire.

Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said in a press release that the first arriving fire apparatus reported a well-involved fire with heavy smoke and flames venting from multiple areas in the rear of the structure. Fire ground operations consisted of an exterior transitional fire attack from the rear of the structure followed by an interior fire attack.

The Aberdeen Fire Department’s initial response included nine personnel staffing one command unit, two fire engines, two ambulances as well as the Fire Chief and Assistant Chief. Two personnel and a fire engine from the Hoquiam Fire Department were also assigned to the initial response. On arrival, a 2nd Alarm was immediately requested by the Incident Commander and was filled by 10 off-duty fire personnel.

A deceased victim was located within the structure by AFD personnel. Officers from the Aberdeen Police Department and Grays Harbor County Coroner were requested to assist with scene documentation and recovery efforts.

Oak Street was blocked to all vehicle traffic due to the incident and officers from the Aberdeen Police Department, Hoquiam Police Department, and personnel from the City of Aberdeen Public Works department provided traffic control and detour assistance.

Hubbard concluded, “At the time of this media release, the origin and cause of the fire are still under investigation.”

Grays Harbor Coroner Lane Youmans said in brief update that the name of the victim from the fire on Oak Street in Aberdeen yesterday will not be released until they can confirm the identity. He added, “An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday morning, and we should have the identification, as well as the cause of death after that time.”

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